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Employment

APARTMENT MANAGER
Cardinal Ritter is seeking an Apartment Manager for a HUD subsidized properties provides on-site apartment management. Works closely with staff, applicants and residents to provide quality care through promotion of health and social services including economical, spiritual and emotional needs of residents. Manages the daily operations of an apartment site, including working with residents and supervising office, maintenance and custodial staff. Performs duties as a member of tenant selection team and ensures the completion of work necessary for HUD subsidized apartments. Associate degree in Business Administration or Accounting is desired. Certification, or the ability to be certified, by an agency such as Quadel, is required. Experience in apartment management is preferred. Knowledge of and experience working with computer, capable of using Microsoft Excel and Word programs is necessary.

Allan Standberry, astandberry@crssstl.org, Cardinal Ritter Senior Services, 314-918-2254, www.cardinalritterseniorservices@crssstl.org

 

CARE SPECIALIST
Seniors and Company in St. Peters, MO is looking for a full time Person Centered Care Specialist. A people person is a must. Some of the job duties include working with elders with ADL's personal care needs, activities, preparing meals and assisting with serving. The hours are typically 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday to Friday. Salary is commensurate with experience. To apply please send email your resume to
jheggemann@seniorsandco.com.

Joanne Heggemann, jheggemann@seniorsandco.com, Seniors and Company, 636-926-2121, www.seniorsandco.com

 

FULL TIME LPN
Full time LPN position.  No nights, weekends, or holidays. Vacation, personal and sick time included as is paid health, dental and life insurance. Must be a self-starter and love people who are elderly and/or have special needs. Please call 314-772-5107 or e-mail
sjamiller@seadcc.org

John Miller, sjamiller@seadcc.org, St. Elizabeth Adult Day Care Center, 314-772-5107, www.seadcc.org

 

NURSE MANAGER

Dolan Memory Care Homes offer a true social model of care by providing care and services in small group homes of 8 to 10 residents with dementia. The nurse house manager is responsible for overall supervision of a single home’s activities including: scheduling, working with the staffing coordinator, ordering supplies, maintaining current medical records, providing nursing care, maintaining survey compliance, ensuring dietary needs and providing customer service. The nurse will also provide primary care including, but not limited to, medication administration and wound care. The nurse house manager provides leadership and direction in a positive and creative manor to maximize residents comfort and safety to a staff of 8 to 10 universal care partners who understand that all behaviors have meaning. This ensures that all associates comply with the resident’s Bill of Rights. This position offers flexibility both in terms of tasks and schedules. The position requires excellent communication skills in addition to the ability to be on call and available during off hours. Applicants must have a current Missouri nursing license with prior supervisory experience.

Michelle Merli, mmerli@dolancare.com, Dolan Memory Care Homes, 314-993-9500, http://www.dolancare.com/

 

RN/LPN
Functions as a RN/LPN for Mary, Queen and Mother Center (MQMC).Uses the Nursing process of assessment, planning, intervention, and evaluation to determine and respond to resident needs in a holistic manner. Supervises, instructs, and assists, Certified Medication Technicians (CMTs) and Certified Nurse Assistants (CNAs) in the care of their assigned residents, ensuring appropriate care is being provided. Promotes the individualized and maximum care level for each resident, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Supervises and/or administers prescribed medications and treatments according to physician orders. Must be currently licensed and qualified as a RN/LPN in the State of Missouri.

Allan Standberry, astandberry@crssstl.org, Cardinal Ritter Senior Services, 314-918-2254, www.cardinalritterseniorservices@crssstl.org

 

STAFFING COORDINATOR
Cardinal Ritter Senior Services is seeking to hire a Staffing Coordinator for Mary, Queen and Mother Center. Responsible for coordinating and staffing the Nursing Department for 24 hour daily coverage using all cost saving measures. Maintains records for agency license. Maintains accurate account of open positions. Ensure timesheets for Nursing Department are up-to-date and accurate in Enterprise. Ensure timesheets are up-to-date, accurate and submitted to the Payroll Department in a timely fashion each pay period for processing. Establishes a tracking method for historical data on agency usage. Ensures that agency invoices match actual scheduling data. Responsible for Supervision of the Assistant Staffing Coordinator. High school equivalent, typing skills and knowledge of data processing. Basic working knowledge of the Time Keeping System.

Allan Standberry, astandberry@crssstl.org, Cardinal Ritter Senior Services, 314-918-2254, www.cardinalritterseniorservices@crssstl.org


Honors & Recognition

AW HEALTH CARE

AW Health Care is recognized as the 2016 Women-owned Business of the Year by the Small Business Weekly. Congratulations!

Rebecca Boerner, r.boerner@awhealthcare.net, AW Health Care, 314-726-5600, www.awhealthcare.com


Arts & Entertainment

JUNE 20

9:00 a.m. at the St. Louis Bridge Center
The St. Louis Bridge Center, a nonprofit organization, will host a full day of bridge activities to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Association on June 20, 2016. The goal is to raise more than the $34,000 raised last year. Open and novice bridge games will be held at 9:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. A free bridge lesson by Bruce Greenspan, an ACBL-accredited master teacher, will be offered at noon. Dinner for four at Annie Gunn’s will be raffled off, and there will be an extensive silent auction. The events of the day are open to all.

Sharon Sweet, sharon.sweet75@gmail.com, The St. Louis Bridge Center, 314-569-1430, www.stlouisbridge.org

 

JUNE 21

7:30 a.m. at Chesterfield Amphitheater

International Day of Yoga on Tuesday, June 21 begins at 7:30 a.m. at Chesterfield Amphitheater. No registration needed. Join us for the International Yoga Day on June 21st at the Chesterfield Amphitheater.  Instructors from the JCCA, West County Family Y and local yoga instructors will lead participants of all skill levels through various yoga classes throughout the day. Yoga is a 5,000 year old physical, mental and spiritual practice, which aims to transform the body and mind. The event is free to the public and there is no registration needed. Participants must bring their own yoga mats. To see the class schedule, visit www.chesterfieldamphitheater.com

Lisa Bobrzynski, lbobrzynski@chesterfield.mo.us, City of Chesterfield, 636-537-4727, www.chesterfieldamphitheater.com

 

JUNE 23

10:30 a.m. at Ted Drewes and Gooey Louie

Senior trip to Ted Drewes and a stop at Gooey Louie. Seniors, join us for another senior trip on June 23 at 10:30 a.m. Lunch is at Quincy Street Bistro and at your own expense. Cost is only $12 per person. Call 636-343-0067 or stop by RiverChase to sign up today.


JULY 11

9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Senior Services Plus
Holistic Living: "Music and Mindfulness". Come listen as David Hickerson speaks about “Music and Mindfulness” and how it incorporates with living a holistic life. Monday, July 11 from 9:30 a.m.to 11:00 a.m. at Senior Services Plus, 2603 North Rodgers Avenue, Alton, IL 62002. For questions, please contact 618-465-3298.

Diana Haynes, DHaynes@seniorservicesplus.org, Senior Services Plus, (618) 465-3298, seniorservicesplus.org


JULY 16

Liberty Bank Alton Amphitheater

Feed the Need is a benefit concert that supports the Meals on Wheels program at Senior Services Plus. All proceeds from concert will go towards the Meals on Wheels program. This year the concert will feature Rodney Atkins as the headliner with Jana Kramer as a special guest. Local band, The Harmans, will also be featured at the concert as a special guest. The concert will be held at the Liberty Bank Alton Amphitheater on July 16. You can purchase tickets for the concert at the Alton Convention Visitors Bureau or online at metrotix.com. Tickets start at $40 per person. http://bit.ly/FTNSSP

Diana Haynes, DHaynes@seniorservicesplus.org, Senior Services Plus, (618) 465-3298, www.seniorservicesplus.org


JULY 25

7:00 p.m.at Chesterfield Amphitheater
Music for the Royals: Gateway Festival Orchestra of St. Louis is having a free concert on Monday, July 25 at 7:00 p.m. at Chesterfield Amphitheater. The Gateway Festival Orchestra of St. Louis will be performing “Music for the Royals” at the Chesterfield Amphitheater for the first time ever. Discover a musical treasure that has performed in St. Louis for 50 years. Fifty professional musicians, conducted by Maestro James Richards, delight all generations with an array of symphonic music from classics to pops. Bring the entire family. Ted Drewes Frozen Custard will be served along with concessions. Fixed seats are available, but feel free to bring a blanket or a chair for lawn seating. Concessions will be available all night long. We are also a tobacco-free facility. No glass please.

Lisa Bobrzynski, lbobrzynski@chesterfield.mo.us, City of Chesterfield, 636-537-4727, www.chesterfieldamphitheater.com


AUGUST 8, AUGUST 12 and AUGUST 17

Day Trips
Upcoming Day Trips: Fort Leonard Wood on August 8. A visit to one of the most important Army bases in the US. Trip includes a state of the art museum, a fine dining opportunity, and lots of interesting surprises with Linda Koenig. Deadline to sign up for trip is July 14. From pre-history to the sublime with Linda Koenig. Join us on August 12 on the Historic Cahokia & Our Lady of the Snows Trip. Deadline to sign up for this trip is on July 21. On August 17 we visit Stages Theatre to see The Drowsy Chaperone. Brought back by popular demand, The Drowsy Chaperone is story of a die-hard musical theatre fan who decides to play his favorite cast album which magically bursts to life before him, and he’s immersed in the hilarious tale of a celebrity bride and her uproarious wedding day. Deadline to sign up for trip is July 28. For questions or to make a reservation, call Pam Kaizer at 618-465-3298, ext. 133.

Diana Haynes, DHaynes@seniorservicesplus.org, Senior Services Plus, (618) 465-3298, www.seniorservicesplus.org


AUGUST 26         

5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at RiverChase
Head to RiverChase on August 26 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. for a fun summer evening sponsored by Delmar Gardens of Meramec Valley. Enjoy a night of live music, dancing, dinner and desserts! The Retro Band will play a 'Tribute to Rock and Roll Legends' show! Cost is only $15 per person. Call 636-343-0067 or stop by RiverChase to sign up today.

Stacy Laake, slaake@fentonmo.org, Fenton Parks and Recreation, 636-343-0067, www.fentonmo.org/parks

 

SEPTEMBER 12, SEPTEMBER 18 AND SEPTEMBER 25

12:30 p.m. at Creve Coeur AMC Theater
The Silver Screen Series is showing free films on three Mondays in September.  Movies are: September 12- August: Osage County, September 18- Two Grumpy Men, and September 25- Quartet. Free films at Creve Coeur AMC start at 1:00 p.m. and doors open 12:30 p.m.  If you like stay for discussions led by well-known local experts. Jointly sponsored with City of Creve Coeur. Call Lynn 314-420-1444 or email
lynn@maturityanditsmuse.org  for more info. See you at the movies.

Lynn Hamilton, lynn@maturityanditsmuse.org, maturity and its muse, 314-420-1444, www.maturityanditsmuse.org

 

NOVEMBER 3, 2016

5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Anheuser-Busch Biergarten
Sippin for Sunnyhill on Thursday, November 12, 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Anheuser-Busch Biergarten, 1200 Lynch Street, St. Louis. Tickets will not be available for purchase at the door. Admission fee of $50 per person includes appetizers and four-hour open bar featuring over 30 Anheuser-Busch products. Enjoy participating in the Sunnyhill Grand Prix, Silent Auction, Liquor Raffle, 50/50 Drawing and a whole lot of fun! Only 200 tickets available. For more information contact Amy at amoore@sunnyhillinc.org  or call 314-845-3900. Visit our website at www.sunnyhillinc.org.

Amy Moore, amoore@sunnyhillinc.org, Sunnyhill Inc., 314-845-3900, www.sunnnyhillinc.org


Announcements

JUNE 18

9:00 a.m. at Simon Premium Outlet Center

City of Chesterfield officials, MODOT and Great Rivers Greenway have scheduled a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the recently completed Monarch Chesterfield Levee Trail connection to the Katy Trail on Saturday, June 18 at 9:00 a.m. at the northwest end of the Simon Premium Outlet Center, adjacent to the Levee Trail. The Monarch-Chesterfield Levee Trail is an 11-mile long trail that will encompass the majority of commercial, industrial and recreational land uses in Chesterfield Valley.  The new trail offers a pedestrian and bike path across the Boone Bridge connecting to the Katy Trail that will increase the exceptional trail experience for over 250 miles. The Ribbon Cutting is open to the public and the community is invited to the pedestrian-friendly trail to walk, run or bring their bike to ride after the ceremony.  Presentations will be given by a number of community and elected officials, including Chesterfield Mayor Bob Nation and Weldon Spring Mayor Don Licklider.

Lisa Bobrzynski, lbobrzynski@chesterfield.mo.us, City of Chesterfield, 636-537-4727, www.chesterfield.mo.us

 

JUNE 18

8:00 a.m. at Ritenour Senior High School
Ed's Race For Life on June 18th, at 8:00 a.m.  We are holding the 5th Annual Ed’s Race for Life. This 5K race/1 Mile Fun run will benefit the Ed Heigl Family Charitable Trust. Ed was an outstanding runner at Ritenour High School and St. Louis University. He was a husband, father of three children and a friend to many. On July 10th of 2015, Ed lost his battle with liver and colon cancer. While Ed's life on this earth has ended, the causes he cared about are still with us; including taking care of the elderly and forgotten. Ed is handing off these challenges to us. Won't you come and join us as we continue the race? Date: June 18, 2016, Time: 8:00 a.m., Location: Ritenour Senior High School, 9100 St. Charles Rock Road, Overland MO 63114 Cost: 5K Race is $15 in advance, $20 at time of race. Children 12 and under $10 in advance, $15 at time of race. Age group awards will be awarded. 1 Mile Fun Run is $10 in advance or day of race. Finisher ribbons will be awarded. Payment by cash, check and credit or debit cards will be accepted. See entry form for additional details. Website:
https://sites.google.com/site/edsraceforlife/ Email: edsrace4life@yahoo.com.

Ted Gotlieb, newhome@me.com, Certified Seniors Housing Professional, 314-956-9477, https://sites.google.com/site/edsraceforlife/


JUNE 21

10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Senior Services Plus
Going Digital Class: Digital Photography: June 21, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. If you have a passion for photography and want to learn more about it this is the class for you. Join us at Senior Services Plus to learn more about digital photography.

Gale Lee, glee@seniorservicesplus.org, Senior Services Plus, 618-465-3298, www.seniorservicesplus.org


JUNE 30

11:30 a.m. at the International Photography Hall of Fame

The St. Louis Press Club will be holding its annual scholarship luncheon at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 30th at the International Photography Hall of Fame located at 3415 Olive St., St. Louis, MO 63103. The Press Club will be recognizing over twelve scholarship winners for awards ranging from $1,000-$5,000. Lynden Steele, director of photography for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch along with his fellow photojournalists will show a video about the newspaper's Pulitzer winning photo coverage of the events surrounding the crisis and chaos in Ferguson. They will also share anecdotes about their experiences as photojournalists and career advice. This luncheon and program is open to the public, and costs $20 for Press Club members and $24 for non-members and guests. To RSVP, contact the St. Louis Press Club by phone at 314-449-8029, by email at info@stlpressclub.org or by credit card payment at http://stlpressclub.org/2016-06-30_payment.html. The St. Louis Press Club is a professional, social and charitable organization of people who make, cover and influence the news.

Glenda Partlow, info@stlpressclub.org, St. Louis Press Club, 314-449-8029, www.stlpressclub.org


JULY 9

6:30 p.m. at VFW Hall
Wildwood Historical Society and the Kiwanis Club of Meramec Valley Community will hold Trivia Night on Saturday, July 9, at the VFW Hall, 115 Mimosa Lane (next to the Ballwin Post Office) in Ballwin. Doors open 6:30 p.m. $15 per person in advance or $20 at the door. For information contact Paul at 636-273-5398 or Martha at 314-920-2249 or Paul Eckler, Kiwanis Club of Meramec Valley Community ,41 Hickory Mound Ct., Wildwood, MO 63011, 636-273-5398
paul.eckler@att.net.

Paul Eckler, paul.eckler@att.net, Kiwanis Club of Meramec Valley Community, 636-273-5398, http://tinyurl/mvkiwanis


JULY 13

6:15 p.m. at Lindenwood University Westport Location
Diane Rosen of Diane Rosen Interiors LLC, will be speaking at Lindenwood University Westport location on July 13, 2016 at 6:15 p.m. Her topic is Universal Design/Aging in Place. Diane will discuss how persons of all ages can stay in their home with minimal changes and remain active in their lifestyle and community. Diane is certified CAPS and LEED AP, ID+C.

Diane Rosen, msdrosen@yahoo.com, Diane Rosen Interiors LLC, 314-359-0890, www.dianeroseninteriors.com


JULY 16

7:00 p.m. at Liberty Bank Alton Amphitheater
Rodney Atkins and Jana Kramer are coming to Alton to support Meals on Wheels. Senior Services Plus is sponsoring the 7th Annual Feed the Need Benefit concert for Meals on Wheels this summer at the Liberty Bank Alton Amphitheater featuring Rodney Atkins and special guest Jana Kramer on Saturday, July 16 at 7:00 p.m. Local act “The Harman’s” will open the show. The Feed the Need concert brings the community together with the goal of raising awareness for and benefit the agency’s Meals on Wheels program. The Meals on Wheels program helps low-income and at-risk seniors that rely on the program for 33 percent of their daily nutrition and allows them to remain living in their homes. Senior Services Plus currently covers 22 townships in Madison and St. Clair counties with the Meals on Wheels program. We are also looking for sponsors in the community that would like to help support this wonderful event. You can find info at
http://bit.ly/1WGkPQC.  For more information about the concert and to purchase tickets, please go to http://bit.ly/FTNSSP.

Diana Haynes, DHaynes@seniorservicesplus.org, Senior Services Plus, 618-465-3298, http://bit.ly/FTNSSP


OCTOBER 6

Electrical Workers Local No. 1
Individuals 60 and older who have demonstrated remarkable support to others are sought as nominees for the St. Louis Minority Advocacy Coalition (MAC) “Seniors Making a Difference” Award. Three individuals will be recognized at the Village of Many Colors Festival, October 6, 2016. The event will be held at the Electrical Workers Local No. 1, 5850 Elizabeth Ave., St. Louis, MO 63110. Awards will be presented to “Seniors Making a Difference” in one of the following categories: For an Individual, Family or Small Group. In a Neighborhood or Community as a Volunteer for a Non-Profit Agency. Eligibility criteria includes: at least 60 years of age and living in the St. Louis metropolitan area, has not received awards/recognition for volunteer activities within past five years, does not receive wages or compensation for “Making a Difference” work, activities began or continued after nominee turned 60 and during 2016. Individuals may self-nominate or be nominated by family or community members. Nominations must be received by September 22, 2016. For more information, or to receive a nomination application, please contact Mary Wang at 314-645-7800 or email mary.wang@bilingualstl.org.

Ellen Sherman, ellen.sherman@bilngualstl.org, Bilingual International Assistant Services, 314-645-7800, www.bilingualstl.org


LESSIE BATES DAVIS NEIGHBORHOOD HOUSE

Lessie Bates Davis Neighborhood House has announced the selection of Mr. Christopher “Chris” Coleman, as its new President/CEO. He assumed his new role after the retirement of Mr. William “Bill” Kreeb as of June 30, 2016. Coleman joined Lessie Bates Davis Neighborhood House in 1999 as an AmeriCorps Member and through ongoing executive level career advancements, before being named Senior Vice President of Operations for the organization last year. Coleman has more than 17 years of experience in the social services and community development sectors. He holds a Bachelor’s in Human Resource Management and Master’s degrees in Business Administration from Lindenwood University-St. Charles Missouri. Currently, Coleman is a board member of Project Youth Impact of St. Louis, and is regarded as a charismatic leader, entrepreneur, advocate for social equality, visionary, and builder with divine purpose. Lessie Bates Davis is a non-profit, faith-based 501(c) (3) nonprofit community organization providing services to address the immediate and long term physical and spiritual needs of youth and families within East St. Louis and its surrounding communities since 1909.

Vera Jones, vjones@lessiebatesdavis.org, Lessie Bates Davis Neighborhood House, 618-874-0777, www.lessiebatesdavis.org


MISSOURI’S OUTSTANDING OLDER WORKERS OF 2016
Join us in the search for Missouri's Outstanding Older Workers of 2016! Do you know someone 60+ years old who deserves to be recognized for their outstanding qualities on the job? If so, tell their employer to nominate them for this wonderful event. Ten people will be chosen from regions across Missouri to be recognized as Outstanding Older Workers. They will be celebrated locally and at a special event in Jefferson City. It is a unique way for an employer to show appreciation! Nominations are due by July 6, 2016 and the form is available at
www.health.mo.gov/seniors/senioremployment.  The event is led by the Dept. of Health & Senior Services/Division of Senior and Disability Services, and sponsored by MERS/Missouri Goodwill Industries; Experience Works; Catholic Charities of Kansas City – St. Joseph.

Don Vaisvil, dvaisvil@mersgoodwill.org, MERS/Goodwill, 314-646-2293, www.mersgoodwill.org


Lectures / Cont. Education

JUNE 9 TO DECEMBER 22

2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Legal Clinic For Entrepreneurs. Aspiring entrepreneurs are often confronted with challenges when launching a startup or developing an existing business. Now, they can seek legal assistance and trim their legal costs by coming to SLATE. Experienced business attorneys, provided through Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, offer one-on-one 30-minute sessions for laid off workers at absolutely no charge. Questions that are frequently discussed can include entity formation, intellectual property, commercial leases, zoning compliance, employment issues, and customer and supplier contracts, among others. Times: 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., every other Thursday.  Dates are June 9 and 23, July 7 and 21, August 4 and 18, September 1, 5, and 29, October 13 and 27, November 10 and 24, December 8 and 22, 2016.  Location: SLATE American Job Center, 1520 Market Street, 3rd Floor, St. Louis, MO, 63103.  Space is limited and appointments are necessary. To register, please call 314-657-3768. Recommended parking: Kiel Center Garage, $1.50 per hour and cash only.

Lynette Oliver, beckld@missouri.edu, SBTDC/Small Business Development, 314-657-3768, https://www.missouribusiness.net

 

JUNE 14, JULY 19, and SEPTEMBER 27, 2016

Starting a Small Business in Missouri: Learn the first steps of starting your own small business. You will discover if you have what it takes to be an owner by assessing your strengths and weaknesses, learn how to assess the industry, market and competition as well as discuss legal and regulatory requirements. You will find successful writing techniques that appeal to lenders and investors and the importance of a business plan and how to identify sources of funding. There is no cost to dislocated workers.  If you are a dislocated or laid off worker registered with www.jobs.mo.gov you could attend this workshop at no cost.  The cost to receive a start-up manual is $99.00.  Please call 314-657-3768 for details.

Lynette Oliver, beckld@missourie.edu, SBTDC/Small Business Development, 314-657-3768, https://www.missouribusiness.net

 

JUNE 15

2:30 p.m. at Weinberg Lounge
2016 Election - What does it mean for me? Wednesday, June 15 at 2:30 p.m. at Weinberg Lounge.  Join a discussion facilitated by Susan Hegger as we explore the presidential candidates' positions on issues relevant to the senior populations. Susan is a retired political editor at St. Louis Public Radio and has an impressive journalistic career in the political realm with the St. Louis Beacon, St. Louis Post-Dispatch and The Riverfront Times. There is no cost to attend. Please RSVP to Crown Center at 314-991-2055.

Stacy Kress, skress@ncjwstl.org, National Council of Jewish Women, 314-993-5181, www.ncjwstl.org

 

JUNE 15, JULY 20, and SEPTEMBER 28, 2016

The Basics of Writing a Business Plan. Learn the key elements of a business plan including; writing style tips, required content, how to use a business plan as a management tool, and an understanding of what a business plan should look like, and how to get started. If you are a dislocated or laid off worker registered with www.jobs.mo.gov you could attend this workshop at no cost.  The cost of the workshop is $49.00.  Please call 314-657-3768 for details.

Lynette Oliver, beckld@missouri.edu, SBTDC/Small Business Development, 314-657-3768, https://www.missouribusiness.net

 

JUNE 23

5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at DePaul Hospital May Center
Planning End of Life Care with Dignity, Thursday, June 23, 2016 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Join us for an informative evening of speakers and discussions on how to plan appropriate care for loved ones in the twilight of their lives. Topics include advance care planning, palliative care, hospice care and more. Light refreshments and finger foods will be served upon arrival. This event is provided by SSM Health at Home. Location: SSM Health DePaul Hospital May Center (next to the main entrance) 12303 DePaul Drive, St. Louis, MO 63044. Register today for this free event. Space is limited. Call 314-SSM-DOCS or 314-776-3627, or register online at
www.ssmhealthathome.com.

Kathleen Grueneberg, kathleen_grueneberg@ssmhc.com, SSM Health at Home, 314-989-2489, www.ssmhealthathome.com

 

JUNE 30

5:00 p.m.
Estate Planning Workshop: June 30th at 5:00 p.m. at 10805 Sunset Office Drive, Suite 100, St. Louis, MO 63127. Attorney Paul Gantner will present, "Modern Estate Planning: Secure Your Family's Legacy." RSVP is required. Please call 314.966.8077.

Logan Eckhardt, leckhardt@yourestatematters.com, Amen, Gantner & Capriano - Attorneys at Law, Your Estate Matters, L.L.C., 314-966-8077, www.yourestatematters.com

 

JULY 6

10:30 a.m. at Crown Center
Current events with Dick Weiss on Wednesday, July 6 at 10:30 a.m. at Crown Center.  On Wednesday, May 4 OACAP and Crown Center for Senior Living launched a new component of the Current Events Discussion Group. It featured Dick Weiss leading a discussion of issues covered on Stay Tuned, the Channel 9 program aired on Friday nights from 7:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
www.staytuned.ninenet.org.

Stacy Kress, skress@ncjwstl.org, National Council of Jewish Women, 314-993-5181, www.ncjwstl.org

 

JULY 9 and AUGUST 13

8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at City Place

A Divorce Workshop for Women, is held monthly on the second Saturday of the month. This 3 1/2 hour workshop is taught by a Family Law Attorney, a Mental Health professional and a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst. Topics are the legal, emotional and financial aspects of divorce. The workshop will be held July 9 and August 13 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Three City Place Dr., Ste. 550, Creve Coeur, MO 63141, 314-983-9803. For more information: www.secondsaturdaystl.com.

Laura Boedges, laurajb64@gmail.com, Second Saturday St. Louis, 314-983-9803, www.secondsaturdaystl.com

 

JULY 18

6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Senior Services Plus
Holistic Living: Holistic Nutrition Join SSP in listening to Laura Burton speak about the interesting topic of Holistic living and the nutrition that incorporates into such a life. July 18 from 9:30 a.m.to 11:00 a.m. at Senior Services Plus, 2603 North Rodgers Avenue, Alton, IL 62002. For questions, please contact 618-465-3298.

Diana Haynes, DHaynes@seniorservicesplus.org, Senior Services Plus, (618) 465-3298, www.seniorservicesplus.org

 

AUGUST 11

9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

CORP: Using Technology to Declutter & Sell Online. Thursday, August 11 at 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Chesterfield City Hall. Free to adults 50 and older. Call 314-615-4474 to register or visit our website at www.chesterfield.mo.us.  Learn how to declutter your home and turn unwanted items into spending money by using technology to reach potential buyers. The class will cover tips for starting the decluttering process, pros and cons of using Ebay, Amazon, Craigslist, etc, and tips for selling online and how to use apps for easy posting. To register, contact Karen Bono, Age Smart Age Well Program Coordinator for the St. Louis County Older Resident Programs, at 314-615-4474 or kbono@stlouisco.com.

Lisa Bobrzynski, lbobrzynski@chesterfield.mo.us, City of Chesterfield, 636-537-4727, www.chesterfield.mo.us


Health & Wellness

JUNE 15

6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at St. Luke’s Hospital
Introduction to Diabetes Management class. Whether diabetes is new in your life or you have been living with it and feel you need to gain control, this program gives you the knowledge and tools to better manage your health. This free class, taught by a certified diabetes educator and registered dietitian, covers basic diabetes concepts, American Diabetes Association guidelines and self-management strategies. Tips will help you increase your knowledge and give resources for care. Wednesday, June 15, 2016 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. St. Luke's Hospital 3rd Floor Conference Room Main Level of Hospital 232 S. Woods Mill Rd. Chesterfield, MO 63017 For more information call 314-542-4848.

Carole McBride, carole.mcbride@stlukes-stl.com, St. Luke's Hospital, 314-542-4848, www.stlukes-stl.com

 

JUNE 18

9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at St. Luke’s Hospital
Mindful Eating Workshop is a three-hour workshop presented by a stress management instructor and a registered dietitian that will offer strategies and techniques to help you achieve a healthier relationship with food. This program is based on the principle of "mindfulness" as it relates to stress management and eating habits. Come prepared to experience a variety of activities, such as relaxation breathing and a mindful eating exercise. A light breakfast will be served and a folder of educational materials will be provided. Saturday, June 18, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at St. Luke's Hospital in the 3rd Floor Conference Room, Main Level of Hospital, 232 S. Woods Mill Rd. Chesterfield, MO 63017. Fee is $15.00. For more information call 314-542-4848.

Carole McBride, carole.mcbride@stlukes-stl.com, St. Luke's Hospital, 314-542-4848, www.stlukes-stl.com 

 

JUNE 21 and JULY 19

6:00 p.m. at Des Peres Hospital
Makoplasty Partial Knee Resurfacing -- Don’t let knee pain hold you back. Makoplasty ® robot-assisted partial knee resurfacing is a minimally invasive procedure that can help relieve knee pain and restore range of motion. This surgery preserves healthy bone and tissue, typically resulting in a shorter hospital stay with a faster recovery time. Learn more at an upcoming seminar. Call 1-855-290-9355 to register. Next seminar will be held in building 2315 Dougherty Ferry Road at 6:00 p.m. on June 21 with Scott Zehnder, MD and Tuesday, July 19, 6:00 pm Scott Zehnder, MD.

Simone Valle, simone.valle@tenethealth.com, Des Peres Hospital, 314-066-9695, www.despereshospital.com

 

JUNE 22

10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at St. Luke’s Hospital
Pre-Diabetes: Making Healthy Changes. This free quarterly program, taught by a certified diabetes educator and registered dietitian, helps participants learn how lifestyle changes can help decrease your risk of type 2 diabetes. A folder with resources is provided.  Wednesday, June 22, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at St. Luke's Hospital Institute for Health Education, North Medical Office Building, Level 2, 222 South Woods Mill Road, Chesterfield, MO 63017. For more information call 314-542-4848.

Carole McBride, carole.mcbride@stlukes-stl.com, St. Luke's Hospital, 314-542-4848, www.stlukes-stl.com

 

JUNE 22, JULY 18 AND AUGUST 24

7:00 p.m. at St. Luke’s Hospital
Knee Replacement: Is It Right for Me? Join an orthopedic physician for a straightforward discussion about minimally invasive knee replacement surgery and other treatment options for your arthritic knees. Get answers to your questions, and learn how to live the life you are accustomed to, free of pain. Wednesday, June 22, Monday, July 18, Wednesday, August 24, 2016 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. St. Luke's Hospital 3rd Floor Conference Room 232 South Woods Mill Road Chesterfield, MO 63017. For more information call 314-542-4848.

Carole McBride, carole.mcbride@stlukes-stl.com, St. Luke's Hospital, 314-542-4848, www.stlukes-stl.com

 

JUNE 29

11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Dierbergs Des Peres Market
Join a St. Luke's registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator to learn how to make healthy food choices, decode food labels and get meal planning ideas at the Diabetes Store Tour. The tour includes a tasting, a gift bag and the opportunity to get all your food and nutrition questions answered. Space is limited. Visit dierbergs.com or call 314-238-0440 for dates, fees and registration. Wednesday, June 29, 2016 @ 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Dierbergs Des Peres Market 1080 Lindemann St. Louis, MO 63131.

Carole McBride, carole.mcbride@stlukes-stl.com, St. Luke's Hospital, 314-542-4848, www.stlukes-stl.com

 

JUNE 29, JULY 27 AND AUGUST 31

6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at St. Luke’s Hospital
Join an orthopedic physician to find out the many causes of hip pain, from the less severe to more serious issues like osteoarthritis; where cartilage in the hip has been destroyed. Get answers to your questions, and learn how to live the life you are accustomed to, free of pain. Program is free, but class size is limited. Please register for one date only. Wednesday, June 29, Wednesday, July 27 and Wednesday, August 31, 2016 from 6:00 p.m. to 7 p.m. at St. Luke's Hospital, 3rd Floor Conference Room Main Level of Hospital, 232 S. Woods Mill Rd., Chesterfield, MO 63017. For more information, 314-542-4848 or visit
www.stlukes-stl.com to register online.

Carole McBride, carole.mcbride@stlukes-stl.com, St. Luke's Hospital, 314-542-4848, www.stlukes-stl.com

 

JUNE 30

10:00 am to 2:00 pm.  at St. Luke’s Hospital 
Help save a life at the American Red Cross Blood Drive. To schedule an appointment to donate to the Red Cross Blood Drive, visit
www.redcrossblood.org and enter the sponsor code: SAINTLUKES or call 314-658-2090. For assistance or questions, please contact Carole McBride, St. Luke's Hospital Blood Drive Coordinator, at 314-542-4727. Thursday, June 30, 2016, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at St. Luke's Hospital Institute for Health Education, North Medical Office Building, Level 2, 222 South Woods Mill Road Chesterfield, MO 63017.

Carole McBride, carole.mcbride@stlukes-stl.com, St. Luke's Hospital, 314-542-4848, www.stlukes-stl.com


JULY 4

8:00 a.m. Arnold City Park
5K Run and 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk Against Hunger on July 4, 2016 at 8:00 a.m. Arnold City Park #1 Bradley Beach Rd. Arnold, MO 63010.  Chip timing by Fleet Feet Sports. Run the fast, flat, blacktop course in scenic Arnold Park. 5K Awards for overall male/female and top 3 male/female by age group. Special prizes for overall winners, best holiday dress and the over 70 age group. Sizzling raffles! Attendance prizes! T-shirt with entry! For information/registration:
www.wefeedthehungry.org Run with us and Run Against Hunger. All proceeds benefit the Arnold Food Pantry, helping neighbors in crisis for over 30 years.

Janet McIlwee, mcilweejan@wefeedthehungry.net, Arnold Food Pantry, 636-287-3663, www.wefeedthehungry.org


JULY 12

9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Ballas Hearing & Audiology is having an Open House on Tuesday, July 12, 2016 from 9:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. We invite you to stop by our office and introduce yourself. We encourage you to bring a friend with you too. In addition to our staff, we will have several representatives from major hearing aid manufacturers available to talk with you, and answer any questions you may have regarding your hearing health. We will have information on their newest technology products to share with you. We will register everyone in attendance for raffles to win prizes. For more information, or any questions, please call our office at 314-569-4040.

Chris Cordis, ballashearing@aol.com, Ballas Hearing & Audiology, 314-569-4040, www.ballashearing.com

 

AUGUST 11, OCTOBER 13 AND DECEMBER 15

6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at St. Luke’s Hospital
Grandparent’s Class is for expectant grandparents and reviews current hospital care for mother and baby, infant safety information and tips on being helpful as grandparents. A tour of the birthing suites is included. Call 314-205-6906 or visit
www.stlukes-stl.com to register online. Fees: $20.00. Dates: Thursday, August 11, Thursday, October 13, Thursday, December 15, 2016 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at St. Luke’s Hospital Conference Room on 3rd floor, across from the Medical Library, 232 S Woods Mill Rd, Chesterfield, MO 63017.

Theresa Dickens, theresa.dickens@stlukes-stl.com, St. Luke's Hospital, 314-205-6906, www.stlukes-stl.com

 

MEMORY CLINICIAL STUDY
Millennium Memory Center conducts clinical research trials on Alzheimer's medications that may have the potential to alter the progression of the disease. No insurance required, keep your doctors and you are compensated for your time and travel. Call to find out more about clinical trials and how you may be able to participate. Millennium is your source for all your memory care needs.

Carrie Craven, ccraven@millenniumpa.com, Millennium Memory Center, 314-561-9959, www.millenniumpa.com

 

MEMORY STUDY
How is your memory? Dr. Eric Lenze at the Washington University School of Medicine is conducting a research study investigating whether mindfulness training, health education, or exercise improves memory and cognitive function. You might be eligible to volunteer if you: are between the ages 65 and 84, have noticed changes in your memory with aging, live in the community and meet medical inclusion criteria. Participation in this study lasts approximately 20 months. Eligible participants will be randomly assigned to receive courses in either mindfulness training (including meditation), health education, exercise, or a combination of these. Outside of these classes, you will also make visits to the Washington University/Barnes-Jewish Hospital campus to complete computer tasks testing memory and attention, medical assessments and surveys. You will be compensated for your time and effort. For more information, contact the Healthy Mind Team 314-747-1134 or
healthymind@psychiatry.wustl.edu . You can view our website at:  www.healthymind.wustl.edu/medex.         

Michelle Voegtle, voegtlem@psychiatry.wustl.edu, Washington University School of Medicine, 314-362-6400, http://healthymind.wustl.edu/medex

 

SSM HEALTH AT HOME
Heal at home after an injury or illness with SSM Health at Home. Whether you need help managing a chronic health condition or you need rehabilitation after surgery, SSM Health at Home offers a variety of services to help you recover in the comfort of your own home. Our home care services include: skilled nursing care, home health aides and nurse assistants, occupational therapy, physical therapy, medical social work, speech-language therapy, nutritional counseling, palliative care, chronic disease and symptom management. Talk to your physician about your home health options.

SSM Health, (800) 265-0100, www.ssmhealthathome.com

 

WELLNESS SCREENINGS
Cholesterol and Glucose Wellness Screenings Checking your lipids (or fats) is a very useful tool to help assess risk for heart attack and stroke. Learn how to take action for your heart health through this screening. It includes a lipid panel, which measures total cholesterol and HDL levels, LDL (bad cholesterol), triglycerides and blood sugar. This one on one consultation with a HeartCaring professional also includes blood pressure & body composition measurement. A 10 to 12 hour fast and advanced appointments are required. Call 314-542-4848 or visit
www.stlukes-stl.com to register online. Fees: $20.00. Visit our website at www.stlukes-stl.com under Classes and Events for dates, time and location

Carole McBride, carole.mcbride@stlukes-stl.com, St. Luke's Hospital, 314-542-4848, www.stlukes-stl.com


Support & Counseling

JUNE 23

4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Provision Living at Webster Groves
Meet & Greet at Provision Living of Webster Groves on Thursday, June 23rd from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Provision Living at Webster Groves, Statesman Room, 45 East Lockwood Ave, Webster Groves, MO 63119. We invite families as well as those in the senior living profession to meet us at our Webster Groves residence to learn about our newest community: Provision Living at West County. Members of our team will be available to answer questions about our unique approach to caring for elders in need of memory support. Drinks and appetizers will be served. RSVP: 314-910-1501 or
tstamey@provisionliving.com.

Sean Scott, Events@provisionliving.com, Provision Living at West County, 314-909-9797, www.provisionliving.com

 

MERCY HOSPICE
Mercy Hospice Summer/Fall Community Grief Support Groups are being formed. All are welcome, both the bereaved of Mercy Hospice patients and also to the community. Please call or email for available dates. We offer both Drop-in Groups and Closed Groups. Meetings are held at Mercy Hospice, 1000 Des Peres Rd., Ste. 200B, St. Louis 63131.

Lee Richards, Constance.Richards@Mercy.net, Mercy Hospice, 314-729-4419, www.mercy.net

 

PREFERRED HOSPICE
Preferred Hospice recently launched their Assurance Program and has had an overwhelming response from the communities that they service. This program started three months ago and is available to any individual evaluated for hospice admission, but who does not currently meet eligibility requirements. Through the program we can assure the individual that if they decline, they will receive the fullness of the hospice benefit at the earliest they qualify. The Assurance Program is a need-based service driven by Spiritual and Psychosocial needs. This means that these individuals, who have earlier stages of terminal diseases or who are still receiving aggressive treatment, are the perfect candidate for the Assurance Program. Preferred Hospice has already been able to transfer 15% of Assurance patients into the full hospice benefit just by getting to know patients and their families and making sure the families know as soon as the Assurance patient qualifies. These patients are able to have a high quality of life for longer by receiving the hospice benefit as soon as they qualify. Call us at 573-756-9800 to see if we can help you or a loved one.

Matt Stuchlik, mstuchlik.far@preferredhospice.com, Preferred Hospice, 573-756-9800, www.preferredhospice.com

In Search Of...

BOARD MEMBERS NEEDED
Looking for great board members. If you love theater and believe that using the arts can bring about social change, then you would be a wonderful asset to our non-profit organization. A Call to Conscience (C2C) dramatizes historical themes dealing with the struggles of the oppressed. Using speeches, essays, adaptations and original works we highlight transforming events that evoked change and the various architects and leaders that helped create them. We also present forums that gives way to open dialogue on issues that affect our community. The ideal Board Member will promote programs and events, assist with and support fundraising efforts, and cultivate collaborations with regional organizations and businesses. We are especially looking for board members with accounting, marketing and mass media experience. We meet quarterly and our annual dues are very reasonable. I'm eager to speak with you and to answer any questions you may have about our organization. Feel free to email Linda at
lindajo.c2c@gmail.com  and visit our website at www.acalltoconscience.org.

Linda Smith, c2c4socialchange@gmail.com, A Call to Conscience, Inc, 314-607-8919, www.acalltoconscience.org


LUTHERAN SENIOR SERVICES, ILLINOIS
We need your money management skills. Do you have a passion for helping seniors? Are you good at balancing your checkbook, explaining simple financial forms, and creating a budget? If so, then you will find it rewarding to become a volunteer with Lutheran Senior Services, Volunteer Money Management in Illinois. We are currently seeking reliable people to serve clients in Madison County, Illinois, Monroe County, Illinois, and St. Clair County, Illinois. You can volunteer for as few as two hours per month, with a flexible schedule. Call for more information.

Antoinette  Moore, antoinette.moore@LSSLiving.org, Lutheran Senior Services, 618-222-2561, www.LSSMoneyManagement.org

 

LUTHERAN SENIOR SERVICES, MISSOURI
Lutheran Senior Services Volunteer Money Management is looking for volunteers 21 years and older to provide individualized, in-home money management assistance for older adults living in North St. Louis county and St. Louis city. Volunteers help sort, organize, and record monthly bills and statements, reconcile monthly bank statements, and balance checkbooks. Two hours a month is needed to help an older adult remain independent in your community. For details, please call Laural at 314-446-2474 or visit our website.

Laural Crues, laural.crues@LSSLiving.org, Lutheran Senior Services, 314-446-2474, www.lssmoneymanagement.org


VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY
Volunteer Opportunity with Senior Connections LSS. Senior Connections provides relational volunteers to older adults for one-on-one visits of at least one hour each week for at least a year. The older adults served in this program may be residents in a senior living community, an adult day care center, affordable housing or be members of a faith congregation partnering with Senior Connections and be homebound. Volunteers serving with Senior Connections receive training and guidance on how to walk the journey with an aging friend. Finding that their friends also enjoy visiting with pets, some volunteers with approval bring their pet on visits. Over 100 seniors are being visited in 56 different locations. For more information about volunteering or referring an older adult to be matched with a volunteer, contact Sandra Roeder Singer at 314-446-2526 or
Sandra.RoederSinger@LSSLiving.org.  The next training is August 6 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and lunch is included at LSS. www.SeniorConnections.info.

Sandra Roeder, sandra.roedersinger@lssliving.org, Senior Connections Lutheran Senior Services, 314-446-2526, www.seniorconnections.info


VOLUNTEEERS FOR MEMORY DRUG TRIAL
Millennium Memory Center is seeking volunteers to participate in clinical drug trials for the treatment of Alzheimer's. No insurance is required and participants are compensated for their time and travel. These medications have the potential to significantly alter the disease process. Call today to find out more about the different studies we have to offer. 314-561-9959.

Carrie Craven, ccraven@millenniumpa.com, Millennium Memory Center, 314-561-9959, www.milleniumpa.com

LONGEVITY

Cognitive Improvement

Simple Lifestyle Changes May Improve Cognitive Function and Brain Efficiency

     "We've known for several years that diet and exercise can help people maintain their physical health and live longer, but maintaining mental health is just as important," said lead investigator, Dr. Gary Small, professor of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA. "The UCLA study is the first to show the impact of memory exercises and stress reduction used together with a healthy diet and physical exercise to improve brain and cognitive function."

Researchers found that after just 14 days of following healthy lifestyle strategies, study participants' brain metabolism decreased in working memory regions, suggesting an increased efficiency -- so the brain didn't have to work as hard to accomplish tasks.

For the two-week study, 17 subjects with normal baseline memory performance scores were randomly assigned to two groups: a control group did not make any behavior modifications, while a test group incorporated healthy longevity strategies to improve physical and mental function.

     Details of the healthy strategies employed in the study also are highlighted in Small's new book to be published today, "The Longevity Bible: 8 Essential Strategies for Keeping Your Mind Sharp and Your Body Young" (Hyperion, New York, 2006).

Participants on the healthy longevity plan incorporated the following into their daily routine:

•  To stimulate the brain, memory exercises such as crossword puzzles and brainteasers were conducted throughout the day.

•  To improve physical fitness, participants took daily walks, which have been found to increase life expectancy and lower the

    risk of Alzheimer disease.

•  To improve their diet, study participants on the plan ate five small meals a day, which prevents drops in blood glucose levels

    since glucose is the main energy source for the brain. In addition, they ate a balanced diet full of omega-3 fats, antioxidants

    and low glycemic carbohydrates like whole grains.

•  To manage stress, participants performed daily relaxation exercises. Small notes that stress causes the body to release

    cortisol, a hormone that can impair memory and damage brain memory cells.

     Brain function was tested before and after the 14-day study, using positron emission tomography (PET) scans to measure brain activity. Participants who followed the healthy longevity lifestyle plan demonstrated a five percent decrease in brain metabolism in the part of the brain directly linked to working memory called the dorsal lateral prefrontal cortex.

     "The finding suggests that for participants who had followed the healthy longevity program, the brain functioned more efficiently and didn't need to use as much glucose to perform effectively," Small said.

     In addition, compared to the control group, participants also performed better in verbal fluency, a cognitive function controlled by the same brain region.

     "The research demonstrates that in just 14 days, simple lifestyle changes can not only help overall health, but also improve memory and brain function," Small said. "Our next step is to assess the individual effects of each lifestyle strategy, which may help us develop an optimal combination.

 

From ScienceDaily.com


Nutrition

Controlling Protein Intake May Be Key to Longevity, Studies Show

     While it's clear that diet can affect longevity, there's great uncertainty about which combinations of foods are best for attaining a long and healthy life. Now two groups of researchers publishing in the March 4 issue of the Cell Press journal Cell Metabolism each suggest that low protein intake may be a key factor, at least until old age.

     At 108, Salvatore Caruso is the second oldest man in Italy. Like many others in the small Italian town of Molochio, with one of the highest prevalence of centenarians in the world, Salvatore maintained a low-protein, plant-based diet for the majority of his life but switched to a higher-protein diet after moving in with his son's family once he became frail.

The first study suggests that consuming moderate to high levels of animal protein prompts a major increase in cancer risk and mortality in middle-aged adults, while elderly individuals have the opposite result.

     Meanwhile, the second team of researchers found that a high-protein, low-carbohydrate diet led to a shorter lifespan in mice.

Both studies find that not all calories are created equal — diet composition and animal protein intake are key players in overall health and longevity.

     "We studied simple organisms, mice, and humans and provide convincing evidence that a high-protein diet — particularly if the proteins are derived from animals — is nearly as bad as smoking for your health," said the Dr. Valter Longo, Professor of Gerontology/Alzheimer's Research/Cancer Research, Biological Sciences at the University of Southern California, who is the senior author of one of the papers.

     By analyzing information on 6,831 middle-aged and older adults participating in NHANES III, a nationally representative dietary survey in the United States, Dr. Longo and his team found that individuals aged 50–65 years who reported eating a high-protein diet (with more than 20 percent of their calories coming from protein) were four times more likely to die of cancer or diabetes and nearly twice as likely to die from any cause in the following 18 years. Also, a moderate-protein diet was associated with a 3-fold increase in cancer mortality. These effects were either abolished or reduced in individuals eating a high-protein diet that was mainly plant based. For people older than 65 years, however, the effects on mortality were reversed: those who consumed high amounts of protein had a 28 percent reduced risk of dying from any cause and a 60 percent reduced risk of dying from cancer. Similar beneficial effects were observed for the moderate-protein-intake group.

     The researchers found that the effects of protein on an individual's risk of dying may be caused in part by the activation of growth hormone and the growth factor IGF-1. "Notably, the activity of these factors, but also body weight, declines naturally with aging, which may explain why older people not only did not benefit but appeared to do worse if they ate a low-protein diet," Dr. Longo explained. Additional experiments in mice suggested that aging reduces the body's ability to absorb or process proteins. Also, experiments in cells revealed that certain amino acids, which make up proteins, can reduce cellular protection and increase DNA damage, both factors that are likely to be at the center of the cancer-promoting effects of proteins in humans.

     In the second study by Simpson's group in Australia conducted in hundreds of mice on 25 different diets, investigators who examined the effects of protein, fat, and carbohydrate on energy intake, metabolic health, aging, and longevity found that a high-protein, low-carbohydrate diet resulted in reduced food intake and body fat, but it also led to a shorter lifespan and poor cardiometabolic health. A low-protein, high-fat diet had the most detrimental effects, while a high-carbohydrate, low-protein diet was best, resulting in longer lifespan and better cardiometabolic health, despite also increasing food intake and body fat. The researchers also found that, contrary to popular opinion, calorie restriction had no beneficial effect on lifespan. Caloric restriction without malnutrition has been consistently shown to increase longevity in a number of animal models, including yeast, worms, and mice.

     "The advice we are always given is to eat a healthy balanced diet, but what does that mean? We have some idea, but in relation to nutritional composition we don't know terribly well," said co-author Dr. David Le Couteur, Professor of Medicine at the University of Sydney's Charles Perkins Centre in Australia. "This research represents an important step in finding out."

     The investigators predict that a diet with moderate amounts of high-quality protein that is also relatively low in fat and high in complex carbohydrates will yield the best metabolic health and the longest life.

     "We have shown explicitly why it is that calories aren't all the same—we need to look at where the calories come from and how they interact," said senior author Dr. Steve Simpson, Professor and Academic Director of the Charles Perkins Centre. "This research has enormous implications for how much food we eat, our body fat, our heart and metabolic health, and ultimately the duration of our lives."

 

By Mary Beth O’Leary


Exercise

Exercise Differences Do Not Produce Longevity Differences in Identical Twins

     An interesting open access paper on exercise in identical and non-identical twin pairs was recently published, the data suggesting that long-term differences in physical activity between identical twins don't result in any significant difference in longevity, even though other differences in health outcomes are observed. We might draw parallels between this and similar results observed in a mouse study from a few years back, in which the exercising mice had better health but no increase in maximum life span. The researchers here theorize that the well-known epidemiological association between exercise and increased life expectancy is perhaps as much a matter of genetics as of choice.

     For any observed statistical relationship in humans there are always questions of causation. This is especially true in the web of associations related to aging and mortality in population data, in which life expectancy, wealth, social status, intelligence, education, exercise, diet, and culture all have ties to one another. That we pay great attention to these relationships is a function of having no good way to treat aging, I've long thought: we care about trivial differences in life expectancy of a few years here and a few years there because this is all that is in our power to change right now, and that will continue until the development of rejuvenation therapies. Life expectancy and exercise are linked robustly in many data sets, and even more so now that accelerometers are so cheap and ubiquitous that even large studies can use them to obtain actual rather than self-reported data on physical activity. There are studies to demonstrate longer life expectancy in athletes, longer life expectancy in those who exercise modestly versus those who are sedentary, and so forth. What are these studies measuring, however? For example, what if people who are more robust and would live longer regardless of exercise tend to exercise more? Or perhaps exercise levels are a good proxy for lower levels of visceral fat tissue and consequent chronic inflammation - themselves linked to greater risk of age-related disease and mortality.

     The results of this study definitely muddy the waters in the search for causation and mechanism in exercise and mortality reduction, providing evidence to support a state of considerable complexity in the relationship between exercise, genetics, and outcomes in health. Nothing in biology is ever as simple as we'd like it to be, so this should perhaps be expected. Regardless he data presented below should be added to the many past studies on exercise and mortality, and its weight balanced accordingly - never take any single set of data and interpretations as gospel in science. This doesn't change the consensus, which is that you should exercise, and that you are expected to obtain benefits by doing so. It does add subtlety to the picture, however.

 

From FightAging.org


Social Engagement

Living to 100: An Action Plan

     Living to 100 could soon be as American as apple pie. A majority already say that's their hope, according to a recent survey. The problem is, many people aren't taking the action steps they need to live long and well.

     Sponsored by the Stanford Center on Longevity (SCL) in partnership with Time magazine, the survey reveals that 77 percent of Americans want to live to 100, and more than one-third believe they'll live beyond 90. Unfortunately, only one-third report that they're happy with their current financial situation and body weight. Furthermore, more than 40 percent currently under 65 believe they won't have the financial resources needed to live to age 100.

     Data collected by SCL on Americans' actual behaviors confirms these challenges. After reviewing the findings of eight national, multiyear studies of more than 1.2 million Americans done over two decades, SCL's Sightlines Project identified three areas that are critical to well-being as people age: financial security, healthy living and social engagement.

     And within each area, SCL pinpointed nine specific action steps people can take to improve their situation.

Taken together, these steps can be used as a checklist for people who want to increase their odds of living a long, healthy life.

 

Financial security

     The nine actions here fall into three categories: cash flow, asset growth and protection. Compared to healthy living and social engagement, the financial security action steps are generally the hardest to achieve on your own and most likely to be improved through help and support from employers, financial institutions and public policy.

 

Cash flow

·         Earn income that's more than 200 percent of the federal poverty level

·         Keep noncollateralized debt (credit card, student debt, payday loans) to manageable levels

·         Be able to meet a $3,000 emergency

 

Asset growth

·         Build funds for nonretirement goals

·         Save for retirement

·         Own a home

 

Protection

 

·         Get health insurance

·         Obtain long-term disability insurance and long-term care protection

·         Buy life insurance

 

     The prevalence of Americans who took these action steps in 2014, in aggregate, ranged from a little more than half (54 percent) of those age 25 to 34 to a little more than two-thirds (69 percent) for people 65 to 74. All age groups under 65 have shown troubling declines since 2000.

 

Healthy living

     The nine action steps here fall into two categories: healthy daily activities and risky behaviors. Most people know about them -- getting around to actually doing them has proven to be much harder.

 

Healthy daily activities

·         Exercise moderately (at least 150 minutes per week)

·         Have low sedentary time (less than 320 minutes per day sitting)

·         Maintain healthy body mass index (BMI) under 30

·         Eat five fruits and vegetables daily

·         Get sufficient sleep (between seven and nine hours per night)

 

Risky behaviors

·         Avoid tobacco and nicotine use

·         Avoid excessive alcohol consumption

·         Avoid illicit drug use

 

     According to the SCL Sightlines Project report, by 2011 fewer than two-thirds of Americans were taking these action steps -- both in aggregate and across age groups. And not much has changed in overall prevalence since 1999. Gains in some areas, such exercising more and smoking less, have unwisely been offset by increases in sedentary behavior and increased obesity.

 

Social engagement

     The benefits of this area have been less obvious than those that come with improved financial security and health. Research demonstrates, however, that social engagement contributes significant benefits to physical and mental health and longevity. Many are surprised to learn that socially isolated people have mortality rates comparable to smokers and twice the mortality risk of the obese.

 

     The nine action steps listed here fall into two categories: meaningful relationships and group involvement.

 

Meaningful relationships

·         Have deep interactions with a spouse or partner

·         Seek out frequent interactions with family

·         Get social support from family

·         Have frequent interactions with friends

·         Get social support from friends

 

Group involvement

·         Converse with your neighbors

·         Volunteer

·         Participate in the workforce

 

     The prevalence of Americans who took these steps in 2012 ranged from 51 percent to 56 percent for all age groups. That's little changed since 1999, with one exception: Today's 55- to 64-year-olds are less likely to be socially engaged than their predecessors.

 

The proper perspective

     Of course, taking all these steps won't guarantee a long, comfortable, healthy life. It's likely you know people who did all this and still didn't live a long life. Others might have lived a long time in spite of not following these healthy behaviors.

In addition, other actions not measured by the SCL project are beneficial to your long-term well-being. However, substantial scientific evidence indicates that living long and well is more realistic for people who do the things discussed here.

It's also important to recognize that many people aren't able to take many of these steps alone: They need help and support from others such as family, employers, communities, and local, state and federal governments.

     While we can't control all these action steps, "There is a great deal that people can do to ensure long and satisfying lives," said Laura Carstensen, psychology professor and founding director of the SCL. "We hope that examining trends among factors known to influence longevity will help to inform national debate and stimulate entrepreneurial innovation."

     The challenges of an aging society have been well documented. However, they result from one of humankind's greatest achievements: much longer lives. It's a nice problem to work on, and the SCL report provides smart advice for individuals, employers, communities, policymakers and governments.

 

Disclosure: I work at the Stanford Center on Longevity and participated in the Sightlines Project.

 

By Steve Vernon


Spirituality / Religion

Is Religion Good for Your Health?

     Faith and medicine frequently intersect. My patients and I often talk about spirituality when we discuss medical issues. For many people, life-and-death decisions are grounded in a belief that a higher being will guide the outcome as much, or more than, the physicians and treatments involved. In addition, a support system based on shared faith can be extremely helpful in the healing process. Ministries frequently offer assistance programs and have relationships with social workers to counsel and provide services for those in need.

     Not long ago, while reading the newspaper, I began thinking about the relationship of health and religion in an entirely new way, one that involves using religious tenets to promote a healthful lifestyle every day, not just in times of crisis. I saw an obituary for Lester Breslow, a true pioneer in public health. It was fitting that a man who dedicated his life to understanding what drives longevity lived to the ripe old age of ninety-seven. There are many important lessons to be learned from his extensive body of research. Breslow, a public health leader for over seventy years, was instrumental in first connecting smoking to lung diseases, particularly cancer. But that's not all. He demonstrated an association between longevity and health quality through a set of seven behaviors (known as the Alameda 7, for the California county in which they were identified): Not smoking; sleeping seven to eight hours per night; eating regular meals; maintaining a moderate weight; eating breakfast; drinking in moderation; and exercising at least moderately.

     What really caught my eye was that Dr. Breslow was still at work well into his nineties. In 2010, Breslow, then ninety-five, was a coauthor of a twenty-five-year study of a group of California Mormons. This study, written with Professor James E. Enstrom of the University of California, Los Angeles, showed that the life expectancy of Mormon men was almost ten years longer than that of the general population of white American males. Female Mormons lived between five and six years longer than their general population counterparts. The longevity effect was most pronounced for those who never smoked, went to church weekly, had at least twelve years of education, and were married. Additional benefits were seen in those who were not overweight, got plenty of sleep, and exercised. The authors attributed the added years to the Mormons' healthy doctrines: Eating a well-balanced diet and eschewing tobacco, alcohol, coffee, tea, and illegal drugs. They found similar benefits among Americans of any religion who practiced the same healthy behaviors.

     There has long been a correlation between being a churchgoer and longevity, but it has been difficult to tease out the basis of that relationship. The link to better health was partially attributed to self-selection. Religious people were the type of people who would practice behaviors favorable to more healthful living and thus live longer. Studies found that churchgoers were less likely to engage in high-risk health behaviors such as smoking and excessive drinking. After all, getting up bright and early for church Sunday mornings does hamper Saturday night binging. Being able to travel to church might also be a marker for mobility and healthfulness, rather than its cause.

     There are also many beneficial spiritual aspects to consider. The meditative nature of religious services can lower stress levels. Many services preach love, forgiveness, hope, and optimism, which foster a positive outlook on life that can translate into good emotional health. Many sermons address the importance of giving thanks, and we know that gratitude can be very important for mental health. In addition to religious leaders providing counseling, some religions incorporate confession, which can help unburden congregants from emotional distress. These are all things that might be good for your health.

     Now, I'm not a religious person and I've yet to see any convincing studies that compare the belief systems of various religions and their impact on health. However, I know from experience that for some people the belief in a higher power is incredibly important in helping them cope with a serious illness. It is what gets them through tough times. For others, it is the sense of community, the group aspect of organized religion that has a big impact on their health. Alternatively, I see atheists who get great support through other means, including their understanding of the natural workings of the world. And clearly you don't need to be religious to practice the healthful principles laid out by many of the world's religions. Those should apply to everyone.

 

Dr. B's Bottom Line:

     Practicing the health tenets espoused by many religions are associated with a longer life. And you know what? You don't need to be religious or believe in God to follow them!

 

Keeping the Faith

     Even if you aren't religious, it's worth embracing some philosophies espoused by many faith-based organizations that are good for your health and the health of others:

 

·         Find a loving relationship and stick with it.

·         Support those around you in their times of need.

·         Give thanks for what you have. There are many benefits of being grateful. It has been shown to strengthen social bonds and makes people more likely to want to help us again. There is also promising evidence linking practicing gratitude to better sleep, fewer symptoms of illness, and less stress.

·         Stay in school. Education is good for your health.

·         Treat your body like a temple. Eat right, get regular exercise, get a good night's sleep, don't smoke, and if you drink, do so in moderation.

 

By Dr. Richard Besser


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Exhibit of ground-breaking prints from British Museum opens in Liverpool
6/24/2016 7:33:20 AM Big News Network
PanARMENIAN.Net - Picasso Linocuts from the British Museum goes on display at the Lady Lever Art Gallery, Port Sunlight from 24 June 2016 to 8 January 2017, Art Daily said.

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Toyota India launches new engine manufacturing plant
6/23/2016 3:30:12 PM Big News Network
TIEI is jointly owned by Toyota Industries Corporation (TICO) and Kirloskar Systems Ltd. (KSL). TICO owns 98.85% stake while KSL owns 1.15% stake.

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Bulgaria's Stiliyan Petrov to Join Aston Villa for Pre-season Training
6/23/2016 5:37:07 AM Big News Network
Bulgarian midfielder Stiliyan Petrov will join the first team of Aston Villa in its pre-season training.

This was announced by the official website of the English club on Thursday.

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Four Bulgarians Die in Head-on Collision in Greece
6/23/2016 4:37:11 AM Big News Network
Four Bulgarians died on the spot in a head-on collision occurring on the Alexandroupoli-Ormenio road in Greece.

Two of the victims were aged 58, the others were at the age of 39 and 27. Three of them View More...

Amazon rolls out lighter, thinner Kindle
6/23/2016 1:33:15 AM Big News Network
PanARMENIAN.Net - Just two months after Amazon reinvented the book with its high-end Kindle Oasis, it's returned to offer an update to its entry-level e-readers, Digital Spy reports.

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Kenyan education ministry seeks to promote junior athletics
6/25/2016 1:17:01 AM Big News Network
Nairobi, June 25 (IANS) Kenya's Ministry of Education has partnered with Athletics Kenya (AK) to launch the Kid's Athletics, officials said here.

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AAP MLA Dinesh Mohaniya detained
6/25/2016 1:09:01 AM Big News Network
New Delhi, June 25 (IANS) The Delhi Police on Saturday detained AAP MLA from Sangam Vihar Dinesh Mohaniya when he was about to address a press conference here over a case related to voluntarily causin View More...
Dalit girl's ragging: Karnataka Police arrest three
6/25/2016 12:49:01 AM Big News Network
Kozhikode/Bengaluru, June 25 (IANS) The Karnataka Police has arrested three female nursing students for allegedly ragging and forcing their junior, Aswathi K.P., to drink a disinfectant, reducing her  View More...
NHRC notice to Karnataka over ragging of Dalit student
6/24/2016 9:45:01 AM Big News Network
New Delhi, June 24 (IANS) The National Human Rights Commission on Friday issued a notice to Karnataka over reports that a Dalit nursing student from Kerala was forced by her seniors to drink phenyl wh View More...
Nationwide NPS awareness campaign to begin from June 27
6/24/2016 9:31:01 AM Big News Network
New Delhi, June 24 (IANS) The government will organise a nationwide National Pension System (NPS) campaign from June 27 to July 9, aimed at creating awareness and registering subscribers for the schem View More...
NHRC takes cognizance of Kerala student's ragging in Karnataka
6/24/2016 7:08:01 AM Big News Network
New Delhi, June 24 (ANI): The National Human Rights Commission has taken suo motu cognizance of media reports that a dalit student of Al Qamar College of Nursing in Gulbarga, Karnataka was forced by h View More...
Neeti Mohan's fangirl moment with Madhuri Dixit
6/24/2016 4:01:06 AM Big News Network
Mumbai, June 24 (IANS) Singer Neeti Mohan, who is also known for her dancing skills, enjoyed her 'fan' moment as she met Bollywood's dancing diva Madhuri Dixit-Nene during the shooting of dance realit View More...
'Raman Raghav 2.0': Cleverly crafted, compelling
6/24/2016 4:01:05 AM Big News Network
Film: "Raman Raghav 2.0"; Director: Anurag Kashyap; Cast: Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Vicky Kaushal, Sobhita Dhulipala, Amruta Subhash, Ashok Lokhande and Mukesh Chhabra; Rating:

"Raman Raghav 2.0" is Anur View More...


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